How You Can Travel 138 Days Each Year Without Quitting Your Job

Two years back I was a typical corporate guy who was doing the following repetitively

  1. Meet the Project deadlines
  2. Wait for the Weekends
  3. Sleep and Party on Weekends
  4. Crib about Mondays
  5. Envy on seeing others Instagram pictures
  6. Talk about how boring my life is
  7. Repeat points 1-6

Well, this continued for quite a long time when one day I decided to wake up from my bed and go on a trip to the mighty mountains. Now, this trip was a complete surprise and a life changing incident for me. The strangers who I met became my best friends, locals became my new knowledge books and Nature’s beauty my new life partner. The sad part was I had to leave them all and repeat the above-mentioned points. Physically I was in my city but my heart and mind were still on that trip. The problem was to manage both my work and travel equally. We have all read and heard about people who quit their 9-5 jobs to travel the world and claiming that you should too. While this sort of mindset was certainly a trending topic those days, I didn’t think of giving up my daily bread and butter.

You can’t just pick up and leave and expect your life to be filled with only happy moments- there are going to be problems no matter where you are. Keeping this in mind I found a solution to this problem.

Now I have been travelling for past 2 years and I also have a full-time job as a product manager. Fortunately, my weekends are off, which gives me enough time to plan short trips or club them with paid leaves for longer trips. Be strategical with annual leave. Here are some tips I’ve picked up from my personal experience, which will hopefully help you travel more without quitting your job.

  1. Take advantage of your weekends and Annual leaves.

First, let’s do some simple math. Assuming you’re not one of those crazy corporate people who spend their nights and weekends in the office, you’ll have 104 days off each year just from weekends alone(See: 52 weeks per year x 2 weekend days per week = 104 weekend days per year).¬† Also, an employee on an average gets 30 annual leaves and an average of 4 public leaves. Adding all these gives you a total of 138 free days to do whatever you want. Seriously 138?? Oh yeah! Dreaming already? ūüôā

  1. Add vacation days to your long weekends and holidays. 

Do you know that the year 2017 has 14 long weekends and the year 2016¬†and 2015 had 21 and 15 long weekends respectively? Imagine yourself travelling to 14 new places in a year. Wow! Trust me that’s a lot.

  1. Create extra-long weekly trips with your paid leaves.

If done properly, this can act as an easy solution for your desire to travel far and the need to keep your job, namely because it doesn’t require anything other than your annual leave. By taking 5 days off in between any two weekends or by adding 2-3 days in your long weekends to make it 9 days off. Now 9 days is enough to visit far or remote places like Leh Ladakh, Spiti Valley, Nepal, Kerala, North East etc.

  1. Negotiate while switching jobs. 

If your notice period is a month, see if you can take another month off before starting by providing a list of ways the break would benefit your work at the new job. Or just pay your old employer the basic salary for not serving the notice period. The later though is not a good practice but it entirely depends on your relation with your boss or employer. Travelling will eventually improve your performance at work. And no employer says NO for extra leaves to its top performing employees.

  1. Assign some travel budget from your salary.

Money isn’t everything and saving a bunch of it won’t make you happier. You can buy almost everything you want with enough money, but you can’t buy back your youth. I understand that travelling so often can be a bit expensive. But what you can do is prioritise your spending. Like I have cut down my spending on weekend parties and unnecessary shopping. Instead, I spend that money in buying my travel tickets or booking group tours. You can also do something similar.

  1. Be Comfortable Traveling Solo

How many times have your friends cancelled the long-planned trips at the last moment and all you did was just wait for others to be free. I think that you should not wait for anyone else to travel. Meet new people, make new friends and you will find that the world is so beautiful outside.

Travelling not only changes your perception towards life but also encourages you to bring a positive change in your surroundings. Don’t think, just travel.


I hope this blog excites you as much as it did to me. And yes, do say HELLO if we ever cross our paths. Happy travelling!

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5 Inspirational travelers you can meet in 2017

Never met super interesting people when you travelled in the past?

Now is your time!

Don’t be surprised if you come across any of these crazy, mad and super talented travellers in 2017. The world is their home and they ain’t leaving any place untouched. Let’s find out more about them

1. Dayna Jinella Sequeria: She is an architect and an impromptu traveller. Started with short trips and then that continued with one big trip in a year and eventually she began doing a whole lot of spontaneous trips every now and then. Her inspiration comes from unexpected finds and misplaced expectations everywhere she goes. Most places end up being her biggest misconception and an extremely pleasant surprise.She dreams to visit  South America and live around the Amazon river.

2.¬†Nikhil: Known as the “Kings of Mountains” this guy is a complete nomad. Name it and he will tell you the best and most affordable places to eat, sleep and party in the hills. He quit his corporate job in 2009 and never looked back. He is defining his own perception towards life and experiencing life in a raw form. He works as a freelance travel coordinator and dreams to explore places which are unexplored and make his own kingdom.

3. Lehan Devadhia: Flight attendant by profession and travelling since 2014 she can make friends anywhere and everywhere. It’s not only the guys who are fond of her but the mothers who don’t miss a chance to ask her if she will marry their son…Lol, isn’t that crazy? Well yes, crazy, madness, sweetness are the words that define her. She will be travelling to Bhutan and Nepal in 2017.

4. Smita Patil: An architect by profession and traveller by passion. Travelling since 2007, she is working hard to get more leaves to travel. Culture, language, places, people, stories, and connections inspire her. She forgets to sleep when around nature and dreams to visit Nepal, Bhutan, Greece, Mongolia in 2017.

5. Mukesh Thapa: Born and brought up in Jammu this guy is the mastermind behind most of the awesome and memorable weekend trips around North India. After studying in IIT-BHU he found interest in exploring the travel sector and now works to bring out the best group tours around India. He dreams of climbing Mt. Everest and in waking up the daredevil inside him.

Ain’t these pictures fascinating? What are you thinking? Do you wish to travel with us?

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